Thursday, October 4, 2012

With Sandberg Back, What's Next for the Philadelphia Phillies?

Headline Topic: Sandberg Deal Done  

We have no way of knowing how the 2013 season will go, but hiring Ryne Sandberg surely feels like the right move to make. 

Ruben Amaro, Jr. seems to be making carefully considered moves during the past year, which somewhat veers away from his more impulsive past gambles. (And yes, we all know that he gave a ton of money to Papelbon last offseason.)

This roster will be shaken up. For my part, I wouldn't mind seeing both Darin Ruf and Domonic Brown start in next year's outfield. But, that would also mean adding a solid CF and 3B. Of course the bullpen needs to be solidified with veteran arms as well. 

Recent Headline Topic:  Hope for Phillies' Darin 'Babe' Ruf 

Seeing Darin Ruf hit numerous home runs out of a Double-A park in Reading was thrilling. Seeing him hit his first major league home run, during the first game that he started in left field for the Philadelphia Phillies was priceless (to coin an advertising cliche.)  

Will he actually develop into a major league player? Could that happen by next season? No one knows the answers to these questions, but personal stories have always drawn me to this specific game.

Here is my feature article about him.

Classic Headline Topic: Three Flyers' Legends

Each of these Flyers' legends (Brian Propp, Dave Poulin and Tim Kerr) deserved their own feature article:

Here is a link to the story about Propp: 

Recent Headline Topic: Eagles-Giants' Game

Both teams are 2-1. This looks to be a game the Eagles should win. 

Divisional and Conference games matter just as much now as they do later in the season. The Birds can't let this one slip away. 

It will be interesting to see how Vick performs in what has been an erratic effort to-date.

Recent Headline Topic: Tony DiLeo 

The hiring of DiLeo as GM promotes from within and represents another feel-good move that the newest Sixers ownership group has made. 

With Doug Collins seemingly likely to continue to have strong influence on this team, all signs remain positive for the resurgence of this basketball franchise. 

Classic Headline Topic:  The Best Phillies of the Current Era

-->>Due to the volume of interest generated in this specific article, it has been re-posted. If you have read it, or choose to open this link now, I hope that you enjoy:  
The 10 Best Philadelphia Phillies of This Era

Classic Headline Topic: The anniversary of Pete Rose's 4,192 hit.

Pete broke Ty Cobb's hit record on 9/11/85. The man was unique in the annals of baseball history. 

For those who are interested, my recent feature comments on Rose's time with the Phillies and the complex feelings that many of us have about his gambling issues:
Phillies' great Mike Schmidt, Pete Rose, and baseball justice


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